Woman Snaps Bird Pics, Has ’em Eating out of Her Hand
(Crystal Proxmire, May 7, 2020)
Milford, MI – Pennie Socha has a goal – to capture a a picture of a little bluebird pecking at the birdseed in her hand.
“They fly away so fast and don’t linger long enough,” said the South Lyon woman who frequents Kensington Metropark to feed a variety of feathery friends. Though the bluebirds are still a little skittish, red-winged blackbirds, finches, woodpeckers and others have enjoyed their close-ups, and their snacks.
“I really don’t do much except for hold some seed in my hand and be patient,” Socha said. “The best time to feed the birds is in the morning, or when it’s rainy or cold.”
“Some are very sweet, and friendly, and others are shy and timid, but they slowly warm up to you. We have found with some birds, they like when you sit down on the path, and then they will hop over to eat out of our hands. I assume it’s because they don’t feel threatened, and we are more down on their level,” she said.
Socha has been coming to Kensington and feeding birds off and on for her whole life. But a move to South Lyon last year with her husband has meant more visits to the beautiful outdoor space.
“It’s funny because some of the birds will only come to to him, where others will only come to me,” she said. Among her favorites are pics of her beloved mingling with some sandhill cranes. “Birds have a lot of personality!” she added.